IS "REAL TALK" MEDICALLY AND SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE?
Yes. All lessons are inclusive, evidence-based and medically accurate. We adhere closely to the most medically accurate data taken from accepted leaders in research, like the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and others.
How are you funded?
Pittsburgh Essential Speakers is supported through a variety of funding streams, including private donations, foundations and others.
DOES THIS PROGRAM WORK?
REAL TALK is an outcomes-evaluated program, with significant results recognized from a social science perspective. Students exit our program less likely to enter into harmful relationships, which negatively impact their school performance and future life goals. After participating in our foundational lessons, students are equipped and empowered to set healthy boundaries and have discussions about sex with their friends, family and mutually interested parties. Our program is very popular with students, parents and teachers.
IS THIS AN ABSTINENCE PROGRAM?
REAL TALK is not the typical abstinence program–it is SO MUCH MORE. Sexual Risk Avoidance education is now a well-documented and important focus for the federal government and the Department of Health and Social Services. Our program:
- Uses medically accurate information
- Implements an outcomes-evaluated approach
- Is organic and engaging
- Teaches the benefits associated with self-regulation, relationship goal setting, resisting sexual coercion and dating violence, and other risky youth behaviors – all without normalizing teen sexual activity.
Studies show positive behavioral impact among students who participate in Sexual Risk Avoidance education.